– Deputy President William Ruto has been representing Kenya in the Open Government Partnership organisation
– He was elected among four countries to lead the organisations steering committee
– The global governance organisation has a membership of 78 countries with thousands of civil societies
– Ruto is expected to represent the 13 African countries in the steering committee
Kenyan Deputy President William Samoei Ruto has been elected to represent Kenya and Africa in a global governance body for the next three years. The second in command was elected to serve in the steering committee of the Open Government Partnership, a leading platform that brings together government leaders and civil societies across the globe.
Deputy President William Ruto was elected member of the steering committee for the next three years
In its website, the organisation advocates to promote accountable, responsive and inclusive governance through civic participation, access to public information and leveraging on technology and innovation. It is based in Washington and was founded in 2011 by former US president Barack Obama. Currently, it has 78 countries and over 20 local governments with thousands of civil society organisations. Kenya, Canada, Italy and UK were competing to be elected into the steering committee with 82% of the governments participating in the election which was concluded on Monday, May 25.
The steering committee consists of 22 members – 11 from government and 11 from civil society. “Led by the government of Argentina and Robin Hodess, the steering committee’s main role is to develop, promote and safeguard the values, principles and interests of OGP.
“The steering committee also establishes the core ideas, policies, and rules of the partnership, and oversees its functioning,” said OGP on its website. As in previous years, the election was done through a system where voters ranked candidates by preference. The top-ranked candidate received four points, which Kenya scored. William Ruto has been representing Kenya in the OGP.